Cougars to challenge three professional teams in the Charleston area, three regional collegiate squads
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston men’s soccer team and head coach Ralph Lundy have announced the 2013 spring scrimmage slate. The schedule features matches against three professional teams, all of which are to be played in the Charleston area.
“We are excited about our spring campaign, and as always, we have a challenging schedule,” said Lundy. “With Charleston being such a soccer destination, we are again fortunate to have three of our matches be versus professional clubs.
“The Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer (MLS) will be training at Patriots Point while they are in town for the MLS Carolina Challenge Cup, and our program will also get a game against the 2012 playoff team. Two of our other spring dates will be against the Charleston Battery. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful relationship with the 2012 United Soccer League Championship franchise.”
The schedule kicks off this weekend with a full slate of activities to bring back former players, fans and friends of the program. It begins with Friday’s annual David Vaughn Memorial Golf Tournament at the Links at Stono Ferry. For more information or to sign up to play in the tournament, contact assistant coach Troy Lesesne (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On Saturday, Feb. 16, the current Cougars will challenge College of Charleston alumni in a small-sided match at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island.
The weekend concludes on Sunday, Feb. 17 when the Cougars challenge the Whitecaps in a friendly match at Patriots Point. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.
The Cougars will then twice see the Charleston Battery over the remainder of February and March, the first match coming at Patriots Point on Thursday, Feb. 28 and the second at Blackbaud Stadium on Tuesday, March 19. Those two matches will kickoff at 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively.
“Our last two dates will have us playing three college sides,” said Lundy, “so we will have a better barometer to measure how we’ve progressed throughout the spring. I like the balance of our schedule and look forward to our players maximizing every opportunity.”
The Cougars challenge Davidson at Patriots Point on Saturday, April 6 before heading to Rock Hill, S.C., where they’ll play Georgia State and Winthrop on Sunday, April 13.